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Well, apparently it’s the middle of the summer but you wouldn’t know it to look at the weather today. Another traditional British washout, I suppose, but why not ease those rainy summer blues and make the most of being stuck indoors thanks to the acquisition of brand new physical products from your preferred beat combos? Yes, I mean buy some records, and then listen to them! There’s plenty of exciting new stuff to get your teeth into, literally so much I don’t know where to start...I guess I’ll just dive in.

Well, we’re all really enjoying the new Alice Cohen album full of accomplished, detailed synthpop on Olde English Spelling Bee, pretty sure we’ve got a future classic on our hands there. Moritz Von Oswald Trio’s new album of their dub-jazz-techno weirdness is absolutely brilliant too. Carlton “face” Melton have a new LP of bonged out droney wailing psychedelia, SFV Acid’s got a full album of his bright, playful acid party jamz to fry your mind, and for his first LP on In The Red, Ty Segall enlists the help of some friends including Mikal Cronin for a ferociously grungey take on his slack garage pop genius. Time Released Sound have got four new offerings from their chocolate box series - this time there’s a collaboration between big hitters Pleq and Spheruleus and further CDs from Rezo Glonti, Somni451 and Sinneplakken, and if that’s not enough quiet, detailed loveliness for you then maybe the new Hibernate offerings from Isnaj Dui and Wil Bolton. We’ve got a lovely live tape from synth lady Julia Holter on NNA Tapes, who’ve also sent us one from Co La, while Night School have sent us a mysterious and brilliant bit of weird drifty post dub business by Lisbon’s Yong Yong.

There’s all sorts of exotic treats with some compilations of African guitar music on Mississippi including a gorgeous and very limited handmade five-LP wooden box, and they’ve also teamed up with Sahel Sound to bring out this wonderfully youthful, lively LP from Malian garage band Alkiba Gignor. There’s also a beautiful LP of ragas by revered Indian classical vocalist Pandit Pran Nath with gorgeous vivid screenprinted sleeves, Sham Palace have put out a great compilation of Syrian Dabke celebratory music which is totally wild, and there’s a limited 7” from Nigerian guitarist Koudede on Sublime Frequencies, who’ve also dropped a CD version of their amazing long-sold-out-on-vinyl collection by late Egyptian psych-funk hunk Omar Khorshid! There’s some really lovely Ariel Pink-endorsed homespun soul-pop from ‘70s child hopefuls Donnie & Joe Emerson. There’s a big fancy 3LP set from Constellation called Musique Fragile Vol 2 with a disc each from Tony Conrad & Hangedup, Kanada 70 and Pacha, “Sir” Richard Bishop has a lovely LP of solo guitar picking that’ll be all gone soon, got a couple of Lee Hazlewood reissues in with amazing sleeves, and there’s a load of stuff in from Clocktower if you’re of the dubby persuasion, and there’s a couple of rare early Mountain Goats albums reissued on double CD, not to mention the albums we’ve got in from Cherry Thing (ft Neneh Cherry!), Gaggle, Polysick, J Dilla, Cheer, Fixers, Offthesky/Radere, Orca Team, Dominant Legs, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Sun River, Saint Saviour, Para One, Go-Kart Mozart, Metric, Fennesz, Mats Lindstrom, Ukkonen, David Tagg, Bill Fox and Signs of the Silhouette, a couple of Conrad Schnitzler reissues on Bureau B, as well as a live DVD from Cecil Taylor & Pauline Oliveros!

Right, that’s the albums out of the way. Just a few singles to rush you through and then you can get on with your important lives. The new Airbird (Joel Ford) EP is a phenomenal slab of bold, stylish synth cool, there’s an ace 12” EP of euphoric synthy dreaminess from Teengirl Fantasy which includes an Actress mix, and the new Howse EP on Tri Angle contains some very cool post-driftsteppy business with submerged jungle beats, Aussie funsters High Fangs have sent us a brightly coloured handmade 7” of bouncy garage idiocy, there’s a cool-looking MF Doom pic 7”, and Bill Kouligas designed the Riso-printed sleeve on this very cool Bomber Jackets seven of bedroom synthpop for Night School, there’s a Demdike Stare Make Do And Mend thing, and archival tone wizards Belbury Poly and The Advisory Circle cover each other’s tunes for a cracking split 7” on Ghost Box. New singles also in from Untold, Drums Of Death, Bwani Junction, The Horn The Hunt, Jess Roberts, Halo Halo, Silver Fox, Saint Etienne, Paul Banks, Fresh & Onlys and Plant Plants.

Be cool to each other, buy more records, smoke weed, etc.

Mickey and the Hotnorms


Best records this week

According to our review team at least...

Can

The Lost Tapes

10/10 from Phil

Here's Phil's review for the original 3CD version in the box which is now gone. It’s a well known fact that Can are the best band that have ever existed. They’re ...read on »

Alice Cohen

Pink Keys

10/10 from Li'l Biz

Alice Cohen returns with her second album for Crinoline assisted this time by the newly revived Olde English Spelling Bee. Anyone familiar with the name may know a little of...read on »

Ametsub

All Is Silence

9/10 from Clinton

Are ya ready for some gorgeous, glacial electronica? Are ya???? Well, really this album is absolutely wonderful. Its outta Japan, the fellas last effort was praised to the hil...read on »

Easter

Innocence Man

9/10 from Brian

I utterly adore it when I encounter a recording that I cannot stop listening to; believe me in this job you sometimes tire of the constant barrage of new music, all you wan...read on »

Julia Holter

Live Recordings

9/10 from Mike

Since her gorgeous recent ‘Ekstasis’ 2LP dropped I’ve been listening to a fair bit of Julia Holter, so it’s nice to have something in from her which I...read on »

Yong Yong

Love

9/10 from Mike

This cassette tape here is totally cryptic. It’s taken me about five minutes to even figure out who made it. Who did make it turns out to be Yong Yong, a duo from Lis...read on »

Howse

Lay Hollow

9/10 from Mike

We’re finally getting into the swing of the summer here at Norman Towers and frankly some days it’s a right bummer having to tear ourselves away from our real, ...read on »

Moritz von Oswald Trio

Fetch

9/10 from Mike

I’m having a right rum old time trying to review stuff this morning because Business Lady and I are trying to review simultaneously and these headphones are quieter a...read on »

Various

Dabke - Sounds Of The Syrian Houran

9/10 from Mike

Dabke is, according to the sleeve of this record, “the celebratory music and dance performed at weddings and parties across the Levantine Middle East”, and this...read on »

Ty Segall Band

Slaughterhouse

9/10 from Mike

Those of you out there who keep an ear to the garage will already know about Ty Segall, since he’s made quite a name for himself prolifically doling out a series of lo...read on »

Belbury Poly and The Advisory Circle

Inversions (Study Series 08)

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Don’t reckon it matters what I say about this Belbury Poly/The Advisory Circle split 7” on Ghost Box. Everyone loves these 7” - and these lads - and the lab...read on »

Teengirl Fantasy

Motif

9/10 from Li'l Biz

R&S have done right to pick up on Teengirl Fantasy a.k.a New York-based lads Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss. The duo’s punk rock attitude to classic house and techn...read on »

SFV Acid

SFV Acid #2

9/10 from Li'l Biz

Really like SFV ACID, a.k.a Reseda, California’s Zane Reynolds. His debut for PPM (‘New West Coast’) and the recent 12” he put out on 100% Silk were ...read on »

Antonym / Collin Gorman Weiland

Curse / Cinnamon Air

9/10 from Ant

Collin Gorman Weiland returns to Downwards following his excellent ‘Price of Leather’ 7”, this time on a split 7” with original Downwards artist Antony...read on »

MPIA3

AVN004

9/10 from Ant

First pressings of releases on Shifted’s Avian imprint don’t usually hang around for too long so if fancy securing a white vinyl copy with badge and A5 postcard th...read on »

Truss

Clytha

9/10 from Ant

Truss (Perc Trax) makes his debut on Sigha’s consistent Our Circula Sound label with two tracks. First up is ‘Clytha’ which is a slow building, brooding grow...read on »

Forward Strategy Group

Labour Division

9/10 from Ant

Those techno freaks amongst you that have been out and about checking out the likes of Surgeon, Sandwell District and Ancient Methods will no doubt have heard some tracks from...read on »

Kyle Bobby Dunn

Bring Me The Head Of

9/10 from Phil

Kyle Bobby Dunn, or KBD as he's going to be known as for the duration of this review, is back with a brand new 2CD opus on Low Point. 'Bring Me The Head Of' is a 2CD set (muc...read on »

Pandit Pran Nath

Morning And Evening Ragas

9/10 from Phil

I eventually got the last album by this dude that Mississippi did (or didn’t as it wasn\'t wholly official) and it\'s one of my favourite Indian psychedelic records. Pan...read on »

Sir Richard Bishop

Intermezzo

9/10 from Phil

The knighted bishop is back with a new album on Stephen O Malley's curated Ideologic Organ label. I'm fascinated by the sleeve for this one. I think Mr Bishop looks amazing on...read on »

Bill Fox

One Thought Revealed

9/10 from Clinton

I couldn’t believe my eyes nor my ears when I heard/saw that Bill Fox had a new album out. The latest rumours about the elusive Fox had been that following his astonish...read on »

Windy & Carl

You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever Vol. 7

9/10 from Li'l Biz

First up - I’m diggin’ the sleeve of this 7”. I believe this is part of a series of releases by duos that also happen to be married. Not sure how I feel abou...read on »

Ed Schrader's Music Beat

Jazz Mind

9/10 from Mike

I’m always open to a newie from Upset the Rhythm. Those cats never leave me feeling like I’ve wasted my time. This newest one we’ve got from them features...read on »

Dana Buoy

Summer Bodies

8/10 from Clinton

You’d never think that this was the drummer/percussionist from Akron Family - its a pure burst of pop sunshine to blast away the grimy, grey, wet shit that passes for Br...read on »

Shimmering Stars

Ghosts Past EP

8/10 from Clinton

First and foremost, I was upset to learn of the problems faced by Jason Molina (Songs Ohia/Magnolia Electric Company) which have culminated in a fund being set up in his name ...read on »

Gary Sloan and Clone

Harmonitalk

8/10 from Clinton

Now this is interesting. Coming out of Alaska in 1980 this a rag tag hybrid of of synth pop, New Age, lo-fi blues, techno, folk funk and prog rock, throughout its extremely me...read on »

Silver Jews

Early Times

8/10 from Clinton

Led by David Berman, the man with the blackest beard in the whole of the western world, its strange to think that The Silver Jews were pre-Pavement and even stranger to hear e...read on »

Function

Obsessed

8/10 from Brian

These things eh, these bloody records, they never stop arriving. Just one week would be nice where we could put our feet up and sigh with relief as the trucks and the (mostl...read on »

Fugenn & The White Elephants

Archetype Zero

8/10 from Brian

I keep listening to this over and over again, not just because I like it but because I'm so easily distracted I'm considering going for ADD therapy. Then the Ethernet cable ...read on »

Peaking Lights

Lucifer

8/10 from Brian

Well our Ant wrote a bleedin' thesis on their last excursion. I'm not gonna attempt anything like that for 936's successor especially when this laptop I'm using/cursing is ...read on »

Mere

Mere

8/10 from Brian

How do you pronounce Gizeh? Is it like how Yosser Hughes would once have requested, in casual earnestness, for a job? Or is it a little more distinguished and pretentious th...read on »

Bomber Jackets

Centurion Travel EP

8/10 from Mike

Curious little lad, this one. Totally loving the riso printed Bill Kouligas sleeve art (he’s the dude who does all those sexy Pan sleeves) with smartly dressed people cl...read on »

High Fangs

Don't Let It Go To Your Heart / Concrete Heart

8/10 from Mike

On this very DIY single with brightly coloured handmade artwork, High Fangs knock out a couple of sub-three-minute garage pop tracks with quite a summery ‘90s feel to...read on »

Wil Bolton

Under A Name That Hides Her

8/10 from Mike

On this rare vinyl outing for minimalist titans Hibernate, Wil Bolton, fresh from a triumphant and fast-selling release on Time Released Sound, is dropping six tracks of his...read on »

The Horn The Hunt

Gold

8/10 from Mike

On this 7” here we’ve got Leeds duo The Horn The Hunt dropping a couple of tracks. According to Business Lady here, these two were tipped for megastardom until ...read on »

Halo Halo

Manananggal

8/10 from Mike

This Halo Halo single has some weird skeletal post-punk business with a girl singing and some tasteful minimal Afro-style lead guitar lines. It’s kind of like how I&r...read on »

Isnaj Dui

Abstracts On Solitude

8/10 from Mike

I don’t know what Isnaj means but a DUI is when you get caught drink-driving in America. In fact I don’t know a right lot about this lady except that she’...read on »

Carlton Melton

Smoke Drip

8/10 from Mike

I’ve often thought it’d be handy to have a smoke drip. That way I wouldn’t have to wait until I was outside before getting high, I could just discreetly p...read on »

Rezo Glonti

The Diary of The Second Officer

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Time Released Sound’s ‘Chocolate Box’ series continues with the debut release from Georgian sound artist Rezo Glonti whose limited CD ‘The Diary Of A...read on »

Pleq/ Spheruleus

Quietus Gradualis

8/10 from Li'l Biz

The Time Released Sound ‘Chocolate Box’ series rolls on with a bodacious collaborative effort from two leaders in the field of ambient music - Pleq (a.k.a Bartosz ...read on »

David Tagg

Hand Of Clovers

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Looks like it’s big ambient day here at Norman Towers. No complaint mind as these soothing drones are a perfect accompaniment to a beautiful summers day like today. T...read on »

The Fresh & Onlys

Yes Or No

8/10 from Li'l Biz

Tim Cohen and his motley crew of lads return for another batch of Fresh And Onlys tunes. ‘Yes Or No’ is the first single from ‘Long Slow Dance’ - the s...read on »

Alkibar Gignor

La Paix

8/10 from Mike

I heard this record as Business Lady was reviewing it and immediately took it home with me and listened to it again. It's one of the most charming, energetic, timeless and uni...read on »

Fennesz

AUN

8/10 from Mike

Okay, I’ve never seen the film which this Fennesz CD is the soundtrack to which leaves me with a slight handicap in being able to appreciate the intentions of this musi...read on »

The Louche FC

Romantic

8/10 from Phil

Following on from the sold out Money 7" on Manchester's hip and most possibly suave Sways label is a single by The Louche FC called 'Romantic'. This will ring bells with anyon...read on »

Various

Time Will Make A Change

8/10 from Phil

Mississippi have been releasing some fine music over the last few years (loads of it on cassette I found out a couple of days ago, which came as a surpise). Taking a break f...read on »

Gaggle

From The Mouth Of The Cave

8/10 from Mike

Okay, this one’s a bit different. For those of you who haven’t already encountered them, Gaggle are a feminist choir/experimental pop troupe who make weird fractur...read on »

Hunx & His Punx

Gay Singles

8/10 from Mike

There are some acts who it’s very hard not to warm to and “the xLimpxWristx of pop” Hunx and His Punx are one of those bands for me. They’re basically ...read on »

Orca Team

Restraint

8/10 from Clinton

Reading other reviews for this Portland-based group the word “surf” keeps on cropping up, though it’s surf influenced rather than outright Dick Dale &lsqu...read on »

Sun River

Sun River

8/10 from Clinton

This is a Danish trio of which one of them is Jonas Munk (Manual, Causa Sui). But this is totally different to any of those outfits. It’s laid back Laurel Canyon-style...read on »

Landing

Landing

8/10 from Clinton

Back in the early ‘00s Landing were one of those bands who were around, kind of doing their own thing. Back then it was known as post-rock/space rock as it was not cool...read on »

Demdike Stare & Slant Azymuth

Make Do & Mend EP 1

8/10 from Clinton

I’m trying to figure out what’s going on here. This was apparently a Record Store Day release which sold out pretty quickly (I wonder if the same can be said of...read on »

Martin Brandlmayer / Werner Dafeldecker /Christian Fennesz

Till The Old World's Blown Up And A New One Is Created

8/10 from Mike

The press release describes this record as “hard to describe...with words”. That’s because there’s very little actual music to speak of and lots of ...read on »

Sog (aka Wolfgang Voigt)

For The Love Of God

8/10 from Mike

Bit of brainy minimalist repeato-techno business from the reliable Wolfgang Voigt here. This is a record that’s well represented by its artwork - a photograph which has...read on »

Voltigeurs

Carrion

8/10 from Mike

As soon as I put the needle down on this one my first thought was “sounds like Skullflower”. It came as no surprise, therefore, for me to drift over to its press ...read on »

Zelienople

The World Is A House On Fire

8/10 from Mike

This is a lovely LP, full of hushed shimmering post-rocky mumblings aimed right for that part of your subconscious that lives between wake and sleep. Zelienople is a trio f...read on »

Cheer

Street Wandering Memory Recall

8/10 from Clinton

First up the bad news. This CD smells funny - kind of like skunk  - no, a real skunk. I was once travelling in a van across America when we ran over a skunk. I’l...read on »

Featured albums

Lee Hazlewood
Bwani Junction
Various
Pandit Pran Nath
Alkibar Gignor
Cheer
Silver Fox
Offthesky/ Radere
Cecil Taylor + Pauline Oliveros
Halo Halo
Orca Team
Rezo Glonti
Kleefstra/Pruiksma/Kuitwaard/Kleefstra
Bill Fox
Co La
High Fangs
Bomber Jackets
Pleq/ Spheruleus
Sonmi451
David Tagg
Wil Bolton
Signs of the Silhouette
Yong Yong
Fennesz
Untold
Ukkonen
Sir Richard Bishop
Mats Lindstrom
Drums Of Death
The Horn The Hunt
Saint Saviour
Neneh Cherry & The Thing
Conrad Schnitzler
Plant Plants
Gaggle
Fixers
Conrad Schnitzler
The Fresh & Onlys
Airbird
Para One
Saint Etienne
Demdike Stare & Slant Azymuth
SFV Acid
Metric
Ty Segall Band
The Mountain Goats
J Dilla
Koudede
Various
Go-Kart Mozart
Teengirl Fantasy
Donnie & Joe Emerson
Belbury Poly and The Advisory Circle
Tony Conrad + Hangedup / Kanada 70 / Pacha
Paul Banks
Sun River
MF DOOM
Moritz von Oswald Trio
Polysick
Howse
Jess Roberts
Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Dominant Legs
Omar Khorshid